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tooth extraction/possible damage

I had 2 wisdom teeth extracted on nov 20th. Number 1 was taken to save the tooth next to it(recommended by my dentist-asap) The other one was recommended by the oral surgeon (to whom I was referred) Although there was no immediate problem, the doctor thought one might happen later - sometime. Now,1 week and 30 tabs of percoset later I still have total numbness in half of my lower lip,my teeth and my chin, All of this is on the left side and seems to be in a common lateral line This tooth was impacted and the surgery was done under general anesthesia with some stitches required .There is external brusing evident(on my lower throat and lower left jaw).
     My question:   Is this a sign that nerve damage has occured and if so,what are my options now to rectify
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Nerve injury is a very real and well know complication of wisdom tooth removal.  In many cases it is unavoidable if the tooth is removed and caused by swelling which compresses the nerve.  Fortunately, most of these cases are temporary and will gradually resolve as the swelling diminishes.  There is nothing you can do at this time.  It is too early to determine if the numbness is going to be prolonged or permanent.

You should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.  If the numbness does not improve within three months, you should be referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who specializes in repairing this sensory nerve,

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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Dr. Kirsch
              On Nov 27 I e-mailed a question concerning a wisdom tooth extraction that has left numbness( now 8 days past surgery date) in my lower lip, teeth, and chin on the left side. I neglected to mention that my age is 60 yrs. 11 mos. How much difference should this make in the extraction decision considering also that there was no problem with the tooth at the time.
                                    Thank you.
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